Alumni Stories: Raluca

Does increasing conditional cash transfers’ amount translate into better outcomes for education? Conditional cash transfers (CCTs), that started with Oportunidad in Mexico in 1997 followed shortly by the Bolsa Familia in Brazil, are still one of the most popular “fast social policies”, aiming at a quick fix of poverty through education. Yet, despite a positive impact…

Alumni Stories: Arisa

Relevance of Innovative Methodologies in Reaching Out: Reflections during the I3 Event for Voice Global Grantees On 15 – 18 January 2018, Voice facilitated its Inclusion, Innovation, Indaba (I3) event. In this four-day event, global ‘Learn from Innovation’ grantees were invited to share their experiences, challenges, and initiatives for their respective marginalized and discriminated groups[1].…

Alumni Stories: Raluca

Is there a moral obligation for financing education? Global aid arena is rich on news these days. While on February 12 the United States further reduced its aid commitments in the new budget request for 2019, just few days earlier numerous developing countries’ governments along other different donors united in an unprecedented effort to increase…

Alumni Stories: Yvette Hogenelst

The Hardest Hit “Water is a scare resource and must be rationed. This issue is particularly important for people form countries where water is abundant and often over used”. Upon arriving to my new apartment I received instructions from my landlord, urging me not exhaust our water supply. I felt like these few lines in…

Alumni Stories: Raluca

The Struggle for Sustainable Financing of Education International financial support for education has been on a descending trend in the last few years. Since donors have other priorities on their agendas, the hopes are turning (once again) to requests of more domestic funding. This comes in the context of a trend of reduced governments’ investment…

Alumni Stories: Yvette

The Fortunate Few A couple of months ago, just before the summer, my time at Oxfam Novib came to an end. Walking out of the office on my last day felt somewhat strange, as I left behind not only the projects I had invested my time and effort in on but also my colleagues that…

Alumni stories: Raluca

Are school feeding programs an effective way to spend funds for education? That support for education has taken to new heights in the last years is no longer a novelty. Goals such as ensuring that by 2030 “all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective…